Not all activated charcoal is of equal quality and its virtues differ according to the wood selected and the way it is carbonised and then activated. This is why I chose Binchotan and Takesumi which are reputed to be the 2 best charcoals to use in care and cures.
Binchotan and Takesumi
Binchotan, Charcoal also called White Coal, has the particularity of whitening after combustion. It comes from Holm oak from the Kishu region, Wakayama (Southern Japan) and is known to have a very resistant and porous wood. All the peculiarity of this coal lies in its pores: the carbonization process at +1000° completely empties the pores of the wood, thus capturing impurities and keeping them trapped; it is also known to be the purest coal.
It was in the 17th century that the Japanese recognised the hygienic and anti-bacterial virtues of Binchotan Charcoal by introducing it into water to filter and purify it and using it to treat contamination and poisoning.
Takesumiis an activated bamboo charcoal that has been used for over 3000 years. This carbon is even more porous than Binchotan (10 times more cavities in the wood) and has the capacity to absorb air and water pollutants as well as bad smells. Takesumi also contains many minerals such as potassium, calcium and silicic acid and has a negative charge (negative ion) which naturally attracts toxic particles to it. Takesumi Bamboo Charcoal is best used internally, in the home, to purify the air, absorb moisture and drive out unpleasant odours.
The most powerful natural detoxifier
Activated carbon (activation is done by adding water during the second combustion) is the simplest and most effective decontamination aid, it absorbs heavy metals, chemicals, toxins, bacteria, odours and is commonly used in medicine as an anti-poison remedy and to treat intestinal imbalances. Charcoal remains in the intestine until it is naturally evacuated and is not absorbed by the body and by definition becomes a powerful cleanser for the body and its organism. It captures all toxic substances, toxins, bacteria, viruses from the body and expels them via the intestine.
For a clean skin
When applied to the skin, activated charcoal traps impurities, pollution particles, dead cells and excess sebum. It is particularly appreciated by combination to oily or even acne-prone skin because it will unclog pores and prevent the proliferation of bacteria, and therefore pimples. As for blurred or grey complexions, exposed to smoke and pollution, they will regain radiance, luminosity and a healthier appearance.
How to use Binchotan and Takesumi charcoal in everyday life?
To mineralise and purify tap water: place 1L of running water, 1 stick of binchotan or 10g of Takesumi stick in a jug. Leave to soak overnight (in the fridge or at room temperature) so that the mineral particles contained in the charcoal have time to dissolve to make the water mineral.
As a detox treatment for one week (to be repeated 3 times a year), mix 2 soup spoons of Takesumi or Binchotan powder in a glass of water to be consumed on an empty stomach every morning for 7 days. This cure will reset the body's counters to zero and restore beautiful skin as all toxins and organic pollutants will be evacuated. (Be careful, the consumption of charcoal can reduce or even cancel out some of the effects of medication, seek medical advice before using if you are under medical treatment).
In Dental care, its cleansing action will drive out the oral bacteria responsible for bad breath and whiten teeth by restoring the natural whiteness of the enamel. Use: Lightly moisten your toothbrush and soak it in carbon powder, brush and rinse with clear water, no more than twice a week.
A hot charcoal bath is the most effective way to detoxify the skin from head to toe, as the hot steam will dilate the pores of the skin and allow the charcoal to attract the encrusted impurities to the outside. Run a bath of hot water and pour 100g of Binchotan or Takesumi (powder or stick) for about 200L of water.
In the kitchen, to naturally colour your dishes, cakes and pasta: add to your preparations, bread dough, pastries, ice cream, cocktails, 1 to 2 teaspoons of Binchotan powdered coal.
To clean fruit and vegetables and remove chemicals that have settled on their skins. Soak fruit and vegetables in a basin of cold water with a stick or 1 tablespoon of Takesumi or Binchotan.
To get rid of unpleasant odours and moisture in a room, place a few Takesumi sticks in a basket or other container for 3 to 6 months and then reactivate the charcoal for reuse.
After a few months of use, you can reactivate your bamboo charcoal by washing it with water, without detergent, and boiling it for 5 minutes then exposing it to the sun.
Purifying mask: mix ½ teaspoon of Takesumi charcoal with 1 tablespoon of green clay and 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil with a little water to make a paste. Apply to the face, avoiding the eye area and leave on for 5 to 10 minutes. Then rinse thoroughly. Use once or twice a week.
To regain shiny, healthy hair and a healthy scalp, simply add Takesumi powder to a neutral shampoo. 2 teaspoons of charcoal per 100ml of shampoo to be mixed directly into the shampoo bottle.
To treat greasy hair and to cleanse the scalp a charcoal mask will be very effective: Mix 1 tablespoon of green clay, 1 teaspoon of Takesumi or Binchotan with 1 natural yoghurt and then check the consistency so that the mixture is pasty. Place the mixture from the roots to the ends of the hair and leave it to stand until the mixture dries and then rinse thoroughly.